How to Add or Change Your Bank Account at Embark

One of the features of investing with Embark is the ability to electronically transfer funds from your bank checking account into your Embark account.  Electronic ACH transfers are easy, safe, and cost-effective. 

When linking a bank account, you should always link your checking account.  It is not recommended that you link a savings account because these accounts typically limit the number of withdrawals you can make.  Note that some banks may use the same account/routing number for checking and savings accounts.  In these circumstances, our technology partner (Betterment) will default to withdrawing from and depositing to your checking account.  For security purposes, you may only have one active checking account at a time linked to your investment account at Embark.

How to Link a Bank Account

If you have not already done so, first you need to open an account at Embark.  For clients that have already opened an account, login to your account  by navigating to the  Sign In tab  from the menu bar on our website at www.Embark-Invest.com

Once you have set up your account and you are logged in, you will see a pop-up block on your home screen prompting you to add your bank account. Simply follow the prompts and add your bank account. If, however, the pop-up block does not show up, navigate to the settings page located in the bottom left of your screen. Once on the Settings page, click the “Bank accounts” tab in the menu bar and you will see the button to add your bank account. You will be able to search for your bank by name. If the option to link your account elctronically is available, you can instantly link your bank account by providing your username and password for that institution.

Your bank may require you to complete additional two-step verification, which is an additional layer of security, before Embark can gain access to the account. If so, you will be prompted with verification questions or a code, generated when you provide your login credentials. This code is provided by your other financial institution via email, text, or telephone call.

Linking Manually:

If you are not presented with the option to link electronically, you can manually link your bank account with your account and routing number.

To add your bank account manually, log in on a web browser and select “settings” in the bottom left of your screen, then “Bank accounts”. You will then see the option to add a bank account. Select the “add by account and routing number” option rather than by searching for your bank’s name.

Note that linking manually involves Betterment sending two micro-deposits (each under $1.00) to your bank, which you must then verify inside of your Embark account. Due to standard ACH timelines, this process generally takes 1-2 business days.

Changing Your Bank Account

On a web browser: Select “Settings” from the menu, then “Bank accounts” and then “change bank”. Betterment will send you a code in order to authenticate your account and then follow the prompts to change your bank.

On the mobile app: After logging in, tap the three bars on the top left. Select “settings” and then select “Funding Accounts”. Click on the three dots to the right of the account you want to change and you’ll see the option to change your funding account.

Also note that Embark staff are unable to change your bank’s settings.

Have questions?

If you have any questions about holdings in your account or one of our models, or perhaps have another question about our services, you can contact us directly at 920.785.6012 or email us at [email protected].  Betterment maintains a support line you can also call for help with navigation, linking your accounts or other site functionality.  You can call the Betterment for Advisers support line at 800.400.1571.

Last updated January 9, 2023

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